Isola Design

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Jill Isola Johnson, CID, IIDA, LEED© AP

Certified Interior Designer

Principal/Owner of Isola Design.

I listen, because the simple act of listening develops lasting relationships.  I notice how companies communicate within their environments and around the globe.  As we engage in project work I design our approach to meet your specific needs, and work with you in unison to facilitate the most effective outcome.  Together we will create the next iteration of your built environment; beautiful, innovative, appropriate.

  • Interior Design
  • Sustainable and LEED(r) Consulting
  • Programming
  • Conceptual Design
  • Materials and Finishes Specifications
  • FF&E Specifications
  • Space Planning
  • Tenant Improvement



AMI Consulting Engineers

Superior, WI

Isola Design with Foundations Architecture

AMI Consulting Engineers.  These Engineers do some cool projects, and they built a cool building to house their company.   They are Architectural,  Marine, and Industrial Engineers.  Collaborating with Architect, Greg Strom of Foundations Architecture – Isola Design provided the interior branding and Interior Design; exposing parts of the building structure, using wood, concrete and steel as a simple expression of the building materials used in the types of Engineering they practice - enhancing this expression with the layering on of a bold color palette for the remainder of the spaces. Project was completed late summer 2010.


Anoka County – Blaine Airport FBO

Blaine, MN

Operated by Key Air - Twin Cities

Hagen Christensen & McIlwain Architects hired Jill Isola Johnson as Interior Design consultant for this 14,000SF world-class, full service FBO (Fixed Base Operation) executive terminal and premier business center. Terminal provides enhanced aviation services for private and charter business travel including concierge, lounge, and conferencing facilities. Facility also provides a 65,000SF hangar and two runways, as well as enhanced security and safety features.


Boston Scientific, Weaver Lake III

Maple Grove, MN

US Green Building Council, LEED(r) NC v2 Silver

Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain Architects hired Jill Isola Johnson as Interior Design Consultant for this 150,000 SF Lab and R&D facility for Boston Scientific. LEED® Silver Certified, the project is energy and resource efficient, with a European aesthetic. When we asked our client for a verbal description of their vision for this building they gave us five words, “ cool, sharp, hip, clean, and fresh”.  I think we hit on it.  The centrally located Lab was designed to be visually appealing during facility tours, and views into this space were really important. The Architects surrounded the Lab with interior glazing. The building also houses an upscale Conference and Training Center for employees and international visitors.


Canal Park Brewing Company

Canal Park - Duluth, MN

Isola Design with Wagner Zaun Architecture


Cassat and Memorial Residence Halls

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Award: US Green Building Council LEED® Gold

Providing 230 beds in LEED® Gold buildings, this stunning pair of Residence Halls at Carleton College have been very well received by students, faculty, primary donors, and College Administration.   Some of the praise heard from the College has been, “… the site was clearly waiting for these two buildings to be built”.   Jill Isola Johnson worked with Kim Bretheim’s Architectural project team at LHB, Inc.


Ecolab Corporate Lobby

Ecolab Global Headquarters, St. Paul, MN

Hagen Christensen & McIlwain Architects with Isola Design

Isola Design worked with Hagen Christensen & McIlwain Architects redesigning Ecolab’s Corporate Lobby.


Enpath Medical

Plymouth, MN

For Enpath Medical, a medical products research and manufacturing company, Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain Architects hired Jill Isola Johnson as Interior Design consultant.  At this Corporate Office, Lab, and Manufacturing space an emphasis was put on branding and expressing the corporate identity.   Enpath’s logo inspired the interior architecture and color palette.  Materials and finishes give the space warmth while providing a clean appearance, and facilitate wayfinding for staff and visitors.


French Meadow Restaurant

Lindbergh Airport Terminal, Minneapolis, MN

An eclectic mix of materials were used to finish this beautiful space at the Lindbergh Airport Terminal in Minneapolis, MN.  Hagen, Christensen & McIlwain Architects hired Jill Isola Johnson as Interior Design consultant to provide materials and finishes selections.  Communicating and experiencing the French Meadow brand through the built environment was one of the main goals.


Green Mill Restaurants

Greater Metro Area of Mpls/St. Paul, MN

Isola Design with Hagen Christensen & McIlwain Architects


Weitz Center for Creativity

Carleton College, Northfield, MN

Carleton’s new center for creativity and collaboration in the liberal arts – Isola Design provided the FF&E furniture selections and specifications.  Architecture by MS&R, Built by McGough Construction. To see more about this exciting facility go to


Whole Foods Co-op

Duluth, MN

US Green Building Council, LEED(r) NC v2 Certified

In a word:  Delicious!  Duluth’s favorite local cooperative grocery store – Whole Foods Co-op, moved to this location back in 2005.  Walk in the door, and smell the food!  A beautiful and mouthwatering color palette is a perfect background to the local and organic fare.  Low VOC emitting products support a healthier atmosphere, and the overall interior design allows this Co-op’s brand to shine.  This project was the second U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® Certified project in the city of Duluth, fifth in the State of MN.  Jill Isola Johnson was the lead project Certified Interior Designer while with LHB, Inc.



We thank our Clients, past*, present, and future.

  • * indicates past clients of Jill Isola Johnson’s while employed by other firms
  • Boston Scientific
  • Wagner Zaun Architecture
  • Canal Park Brewing Company
  • Green Mill Restaurant
  • AMI Engineering Consultants
  • Whole Foods Co-op
  • Carleton College
  • Hagen Christensen & McIlwain Architects
  • Ecolab
  • Dakota County Community Development Agency
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Journey Group
  • LHB, Inc.
  • Meyer Group
  • Duluth YMCA
  • City of Superior, WI
  • French Meadow Restaurant*
  • Oneida Realty*
  • Anoka Airport Terminal*
  • Essentia Health (SMDC) St. Mary’s Medical Center*
  • Tennant Company*
  • University of Minnesota Duluth*
  • Enpath Medical*
  • University of Minnesota Morris*
  • United Way*
  • US Fish & Wildlife*
  • University of Wisconsin Superior*
  • First Industrial*
  • HB Fuller*
  • Mississippi Market Co-op*
  • Minnesota Air National Guard*
  • Pillsbury*
  • Quality Bicycle Products*


Design is a reasoned purpose, an intent.

Isola Design teams with Business Owners, Corporate and Residential Clients, Architectural Firms, Facility Managers, and Building Owners.
Interior Design services are customized for your needs.

Your built environment projects your values and goals without saying a word.
It communicates your brand, attracts clients, retains employees, preserves the earth, uses resources efficiently, all while accommodating your daily needs.

Money, energy, and time is invested while developing a design solution; with us, this process is efficient and enjoyable.

We meet with you and listen for understanding, asking a lot of questions.
During programming we learn everything we can about your business, your intentions, your goals, your budget, your schedule, your vision, your needs.
In the conceptual phase we respond with sketches, photos, plans, and visual representations, using these as communication tools.
Your response and feedback is valuable, it steers and guides the project ideas while we determine whether the design concept is on target -only then do we move forward with the drawings and documentation to create your environment.

Design with purpose. Isola Design provides Interior Design for your needs.

“Jill and I worked on many projects from Programming on, sometimes through Occupancy. The projects always went well and the clients were very confident in Jill. Her passion for sustainability and design excellence are what sets her apart. I look forward to the chance to work together again.”

— Rick Carter, Minneapolis Office leader, LHB, Inc.

“I have had the pleasure of working with Jill on several high profile projects. She is an ideal team member, bringing creativity, enthusiasm, and excellent communication skills. Her maturity as a designer and her ability to work independently is a key advantage to any project leader.”

— Michael Fischer, Senior Vice President, LHB, Inc.

“I always found my experience working with Jill to be productive and meaningful. She is a dedicated professional with a passion for high-performance solutions and sustainable design. I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with her again in the future.”

— James Scott Brew, FCSI, AIA; Principal Architect, Rocky Mountain Institute



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Jill Isola Johnson CID, IIDA, LEED® AP

Certified Interior Designer